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Main Title Impediments to Energy and Materials Recovery Facilities for Municipal Solid Waste.
Author Manuel, Jr., Ernest H. ; Efaw, Fritz W. ;
CORP Author Mathtech, Inc., Princeton, NJ.;Municipal Environmental Research Lab., Cincinnati, OH.
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA-68-03-2761; EPA-600/2-81-181;
Stock Number PB82-102302
Additional Subjects Sewage ; Solid waste disposal ; Materials recovery ; Fuels ; Recirculation ; Technology ; Economic analysis ; Sites ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB82-102302 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 229p
Public anticipation that recycling would eventually solve the solid waste disposal problem, and simultaneously conserve natural resources, has persisted since enactment of the Resource Recovery Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-512). Progress toward these goals has fallen considerably behind initial expectations, however. Various explanations for the slow progress have been suggested, and federal research has focused mainly on the technological difficulties associated with resource recovery. In 1978 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contracted with Mathtech, Inc., a subsidiary of Mathematica, to study the impediments to recycling municipal solid waste. The eight facilities selected for indepth analysis represented a cross-section of technologies, ownership types, geographical locations, and recovered products. None of the facilities were economical in the context of providing the least cost mode of disposal, and all eight facilities experienced net operating losses. A major impediment encountered by most of the facilities was competition from lower-cost landfills.